Can I start a business in the UK on a dependant visa?

07 Aug 2023, 51 mins ago

Dependant visa holders are permitted to start and run their own businesses whilst in the UK. However, there are a number of factors to consider before doing so.

One of the most important things for a Dependant visa holder to consider when planning to start a business in the UK is that your visa status is reliant on your partner’s visa status, therefore your permission to stay or enter the UK is granted in line with your partner’s permission.

If your relationship breaks down, your visa can be curtailed by the Home Office and you will need to switch to another visa category, such as  the Innovator visa, subject to meeting the relevant requirements. As such, although you are permitted to start a business in the UK, you will need to consider these important factors as they may affect your business’s longevity in the UK.

It is also important to note that a Dependant visa holder is not permitted to work as a sportsperson or a sports coach, as the Home Office have set up a specific visa route for these individuals.

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